Chicago Tribune Pork Industry Series

Chicago Tribune Pork Industry Series

A Message from Bob Frase, Illinois Pork Producers Association President


Dear Fellow Producers and Friends,


There comes a time in many of our lives when we find ourselves standing at a crossroads, faced with a hard decision and must decide which path to take.


Several months ago, the Illinois Pork Producers Association stood at just such a crossroads when investigative reporters with the Chicago Tribune, David Jackson and Gary Marx, began contacting producers about an upcoming series of articles focusing on the Illinois pork industry. At that time, the association, along with support from National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council, made the conscious decision to work with the reporters in order to provide a balanced and educated voice to their story.


Since that time, many of our producers and industry stakeholders have graciously opened their farms to these reporters, spent hours on the phone answering detailed questions and put their reputations and livelihoods on the line for the greater good of the pork industry.


Our efforts were to provide the writers from the Chicago Tribune accurate information about what is happening in Illinois’ pork industry and the dedication and passion our producers demonstrate every day on their farms. We are disappointed that our voice was not heard and that the promised balance was not conveyed to their readers.


I want to personally take a moment to thank those individuals who took the time from their busy schedules to share their life experiences and knowledge about our industry in a positive thought-provoking manner.

Pig farmers are constantly looking for ways to improve the way we raise our pigs and finding better ways to safeguard the environment for our families, neighbors and future generations. This is our top priority.


Below, we have included additional resources we hope you will share with your own personal connections that may have questions or concerns about the articles.


We must continue to work together and stand as one in support of our industry.



Bob Frase
IPPA President


Animal Welfare Environment/Sustainability Contract Growing

Where Pigs Come First

Let's Talk Animal Welfare

The Real Pig Farmer Way

Meet the Caretakers

How are pig farmers environmentally sustainable?

Best Management Practices for Manure Application

What is Contract Growing?

Genny Six on Daily Life on a Pig Farm

The Wildermuth's Talk Pigs


Economics of the IL Pork Industry Overview of the LMFA Pig Farmers in the News

Economic Contribution to Illinois

Jobs Derived from the Livestock Industry

Livestock Production in Illinois

Curt Zehr, pig farmer from Washington, IL

Front page feature in the State Journal Register